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New Venture Stellis Media to Re-Launch Ellis Library

TORONTO: The Ellis library, containing nearly 600 titles produced by Canada's Ralph C. Ellis and Stephen Ellis, is to be re-released globally through the pair's new company, Stellis Media. The Ellis Library contains hundreds of productions spanning the factual genres of natural history, science, history and family entertainment. The programs ...

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Tricon Films & Television Restructures Distribution Arm

TORONTO: Jon Rutherford, the executive VP of distribution and business development, is leaving Tricon Films & Television, which has elevated Karthiga Ratnasabapathy to VP of worldwide sales and acquisitions. Rutherford will officially resign from Tricon at the end of the week for a new position that has yet to be ...

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Shakeup within Bell Media’s Senior Team

TORONTO: Randy Lennox has been appointed to the newly created position of president of entertainment production and broadcasting at Bell Media, which has seen a reshuffling in its senior ranks amid the departure of four executives. Lennox will oversee all of Bell Media’s English independent and in-house entertainment productions for ...

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shomi Opens Up to All of Canada

TORONTO: The streaming service shomi, which is jointly owned by Rogers and Shaw, is now available to anyone with an internet connection in Canada. The beta testing phase has wrapped for the streaming platform, which offers hundreds of TV series and more than 1,200 movies. As of today, Canadians across ...

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Canada’s Showcase Sets Fall Lineup

TORONTO: Canadian specialty entertainment network Showcase has unveiled its fall schedule, led by the series Mr. Robot, Continuum and Lost Girl. The fall lineup will kick off on September 4 with the premiere of the fourth and final season of Continuum at 9 p.m., followed by the premiere of the first season ...

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Production Begins on Super Channel Original Comedy

EDMONTON: Production has begun on What Would Sal Do?, an original series for Super Channel, a Canadian English-language pay-TV network. The eight-episode series is produced by New Metric Media, in partnership with DHX Media in association with Super Channel, and will air in spring 2016. Shooting began in Sudbury, Ontario, ...

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CMF Awards C$6.2 Million to Digital Media Projects

TORONTO: The Canada Media Fund (CMF) has awarded C$6.2 million ($4.7 million) to 28 Canadian digital media productions. The contribution will be used in the development and marketing support of innovative digital projects. The endowment marks the first round of CMF’s 2015-2016 Experimental Stream funding. Since 2010, the CMF has ...

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Incendo Begins Production on Amber Alert Film

MONTREAL: Incendo has kicked off principal photography on Amber Alert, a new movie starring Canadian actress Alaina Huffman (Stargate: Universe) that marks the company's 60th production. Amber Alert centers on Detective Amber Cross, a crisis negotiator from Connecticut who is trying to do her best at her job despite the ...

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Fairfax Financial Takes Majority Stake in Temple Street Productions

TORONTO: Fairfax Financial Holdings has secured a majority stake in Orphan Black producer Temple Street Productions, which plans to use the capital to expand content production and distribution operations as well as to explore acquisitions. Co-presidents David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, along with managing director John Young, will all continue ...

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Brava Group Music Channels to Be Acquired by Stingray

MONTREAL: Stingray Digital Group is acquiring all of the issued and outstanding shares in the share capital of Brava NL, Brava HD and DJAZZ.tv, a trio of thematic television channels featuring high-end music and cultural content. The all-cash transaction, which is expected to be finalized in the coming weeks, includes ...

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